I am profoundly honoured to serve as Dean of this incredible Faculty at such an important time both in our history and in the history of law and legal education.

Dean Mayo MoranI believe our law school offers the best legal education in this country, and one of the very best in the world, and we are constantly growing in ways that distinguish us. This is an exciting time at the Faculty, with the construction of our new home set to commence in 2013. The new building will house all of the many programs and centres that make this Faculty truly unique, and will provide a welcoming home for the law students of the future.

Central to this Faculty’s reputation of excellence are the outstanding achievements and diversity of both our faculty and students. Our faculty members win major research awards, publish in the most prestigious of scholarly journals, address policymakers internationally, and advise Canadian governments at all levels on the most pressing issues facing society today. Our most senior faculty members are a very visible presence in the classroom, with many of them teaching first year classes in the J.D. program. Faculty diversity is reflected in the range of research areas that engage our scholars – from Islamic Law and Law and Economics, to Law and Development and Securities Law; and this diversity is further reflected in the range of countries from which our scholars hail.

Our students are provided with every opportunity to flourish at the Faculty. Recent refinements to the curriculum in the J.D. program further ensure that our students receive the very best legal education from their first day at the Faculty. Students immediately delve into the intricacies of Legal Research & Writing and undertake intensive studies in Legal Professionalism and Ethics as part of the Faculty’s outstanding first year program. In the upper years, students are able to choose from an incredible assortment of seminars, workshops, and intensive courses that will speak to virtually any conceivable area of interest in the law. They are also offered a range of wonderful experiential learning opportunities, such as spending a term at the innovative Center for Transnational Legal Studies in London, England, or on exchange at Tsinghua University in Beijing. They can embark on transformative international human rights internships abroad, or engage in groundbreaking constitutional litigation projects through participation in our specialized legal clinics and Pro Bono Students Canada projects. The opportunities to enrich the core classroom experience are seemingly endless.

Central to this Faculty’s reputation of excellence are the outstanding achievements and diversity of both our faculty and students.

At the graduate level, the Faculty’s new Global Professional Master of Laws program – open to both lawyers and those with no previous legal training – offers a similarly diverse look at the global business of law in the 21st century. Our LL.M. and S.J.D. programs also offer exceptional law graduates from across the globe the opportunity to study with some of the world’s strongest legal minds, in one of the world’s most diverse and multicultural cities. All of our upper-year courses, and many of the Faculty’s most unique experiential learning opportunities – including participation in our International Human Rights and David Asper Centre for Constitutional Rights clinics – are open to students in the LL.M. program, allowing for a truly robust graduate experience.

There are so many opportunities to become involved with the Faculty, whether through participation in our many free lectures, as a participant in one of our summer or youth programs, or as a student in one of our incoming classes.

Dean Mayo Moran